Consortium to study supplying liquid green H2 from Portugal to Netherlands

Storage facilities at the Port of Rotterdam. Photo by Vopak.

July 20 (Renewables Now) - Shell New Energies NL BV, France’s Engie SA (EPA:ENGI), Dutch tank terminal operator Koninklijke Vopak NV (AMS:VPK) and gas shipping company Anthony Veder have agreed to study the feasibility of a renewable liquid hydrogen supply between Portugal and the Netherlands.

According to an announcement on Monday, the four companies will look into the feasibility of producing green hydrogen in the industrial zone of the Sines port and then liquifying and shipping it to the port of Rotterdam for distribution and sale.

A first shipment is targeted by 2027, with initial volumes explored being around 100 tonnes per day. Shell and Engie will partner across the value chain, while Anthony Veder and Vopak will focus on shipping, storage and distribution.

The consortium said that the initiative is supported by key businesses in heavy duty, marine and aviation. “We consider liquid hydrogen as a key solution to import renewable energy into markets such as the Netherlands or Germany. We are developing the next generation of trucks which can use liquid hydrogen directly” said Andreas Gorbach, the head of truck technology at Daimler Truck AG (ETR:DTG).

The collaboration follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2020 by Portugal and the Netherlands to cooperate on green hydrogen development.

The companies said that the project applied for IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest) notification under H2Sines (Portuguese submission) and H2Sines.Rdam (Dutch submission).

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